1. The Haunting of the Tavern
7 p.m. Oct. 15 and Nov. 12. $60. The Tavern, 922 W. 12th St. tavernaustin.com/haunting-of-the-tavern
Did you know the Tavern is as haunted as it gets? Find out just how much with a hilarious murder mystery dinner that runs select Tuesday nights in October, November and December. Current and former Esther's Follies cast members, along with other Austin comedians, will transform into a mystery-solving gang a la "Scooby-Doo" to solve what's really going on at the Tavern. (It might have something to do with a ghost named Emily.) There are five prospective endings to the show, and the audience gets to decide the final whodunit.
2. Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Paramount Theatre
8 p.m. Oct. 15. $30-$55. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
“I’m a right-brain guy,” trumpeter Alpert said when I interviewed him in 2015 and asked about balancing his work as a legendary executive with A&M Records (the A is for Alpert) with the music he made on his own and with singer Hall, his wife of 45 years. “I paint, I sculpt, I make music. I practice every day, most every day of my life.” Alpert is now 84 and Hall is 73, but like Austin’s own iconic octogenarian Willie Nelson, the creative spark remains strong. — Peter Blackstock
3. Viva Cinema at the Bullock Museum
7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $5-$8. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
Viva Cinema, a celebration of the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond, screens and holds a conversation about the film "La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Dream)." In the award-winning film, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala travel to the United States in search of a better life, but their journey through Mexico results in a harsh reality. Come early for complimentary coffee and treats at 6 p.m.
4. Leigh Bardugo author appearance
7 p.m. Oct. 15. $27.99. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth St. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com
The New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels has written a book a little more down to earth. "Ninth House," which Bardugo will talk about and sign at a BookPeople event, is a tale of power, privilege, dark magic and murder set among the Ivy League elite. Why is Alex Stern given the second chance to attend Yale, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, on a full ride? A ticket to Bardugo's author appearance includes a copy of the book.